Momentum vs. Inertia
Laura Catriona Murray

I, too, was at Saturday’s meeting and while I recognise some of the description here, I did not witness bullying of any sort.

I did see unfortunate behaviour on both sides of the room, with political games being played that I had thought long since outdated, and spent some time reminding the people around me that we needed to reach a place of emotional intelligence and resilience if we were to remember that we have more in common than that which divides us. The single most constructive intervention of the day was the reminder of that.

I would also like to point out that if we are to reach a place of mutual trust, then it must be the case that what’s said in the room stays in the room. I struggle to see how else the existing wounds can be healed.

There are so many tried and tested methods of conflict resolution within and between close knit organisations. There are well-tested methods for reaching consensus that go beyond the rigid hierarchical structures of the twentieth century. Holacracy, Sociacracy, Non-violent communication… the only reason not to use them is if both parties enjoy the small scale battles they might win — it is, after all, easier to fight the people in the room than the greater darkness of the world outside.

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